- On 11 September, some media cited a June 2008 letter
by H.S.H. the Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein declining
participation in the exhibition "Looting and Restitution" at the
Jewish Museum Berlin.
With his private and personal letter to the Director of the
Museum, W. Michael Blumenthal, Reigning Prince Hans-Adam II in no way
intended to belittle the atrocious events of the Third Reich. Rather,
the letter makes reference to the certainly difficult topic of
expropriations during and after the Second World War.
It is correct that there are still open legal questions in this
regard between Liechtenstein and several European countries,
including Germany. In this complex context, the letter attempted to
explain why the invitation was declined, and it in no way intended to
belittle the crimes of the Third Reich. For some time, Liechtenstein
and German diplomats have been working on feasible ways to resolve
these open legal questions.
Reigning Prince Hans-Adam II's admonition that the Third Reich
should never return was intended to refer to the future, not to the
Germany of today.
ots Originaltext: Presse + Informationsamt des Fürstentums
Sekretariat des Fürstenhauses